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Come Together

hurricaneWhile we debate and debase the actions of NFL millionaires, thousands of people in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico are discussing how long it will be–estimates are in months, not days or weeks–before they have power, and how long their food supplies will hold out. At the same time, a lot of people on the Florida, Texas, and Louisiana coasts are wondering if their lives will ever be the same again. But! In all those places, and other places suffering from the wrath of mother nature, people–most of them–are working together and helping each other to recover and put their lives back together. I know a couple that live in the Virgin Islands, and they’re not complaining, they’re going out every day and helping people who are in worse shape than they are.
I want to add one more thing: This is the first and last time I will ever publicly mention the NFL/Flag issue. In the overall scheme of things, it means nothing. We have bigger fish to fry, and there are a lot of people out there who need a hot meal.
We’ve prayed, and that’s a good thing, but the time has come to get up off our knees, come together, and help people–anywhere, and any way we can.
Just sayin’.
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Drawing From the Well

In the Permian Basin of west Texas alone there are thousands of oil pump jacks designed to pump oil from wells below them. On my morning walks this week, I passed many of them and noticed they don’t run constantly, but seem to operate sporadically. As I walked past one this morning I heard the whine of an engine and watched as the powerful machine suddenly started and began to pump, pulling oil from the well. I was amazed at how effortlessly the start was and how smoothly the pump then ran.

It occurred to me how our spiritual lives are much like those pumps. We go about our days—our spirits idle—not needing to draw from the well of God’s love, and grace. But when we have need of His love and power, our spirit can come alive in an instant and draw from His well of comfort and peace.

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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

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Beginnings

I had a brief conversation with my good friend (and favorite poet), Kellie Elmore, this morning, and she mentioned the beautiful fall colors in Tennessee. I penned the following after our conversation, not knowing at the time that this was the official first day of fall. Funny how things happen. Happy fall, y’all!

Beginnings 

There came no thunder

Nor still voice from within

Just the whisper of leaves

In a gentle September wind

 

A rainbow of color

They whispered so sweet

As they swayed and then drifted

To lay at my feet

 

It was then the words came

From the depths of my heart

That the fall was no end

It was where we would start

 

Copyright © 9/22/2017 C Mashburn

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He’ll Come Around ~ September 21

Reblogging this one to encourage others with the simple message: God loves us and will never give up on us. So… I encourage each and every one of you to “Never Give Up!”

Marbles In My Pocket ~ The Official Blog of Charles L. Mashburn ~ Poems, Short Stories, and random thoughts from the author of "Be Still... and know that I am God"

He’ll Come Around

He’s one of mine

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Faithful Hoping

God is love—it’s that simple—and we will spend eternity with Him. He will never leave us or stop loving us. The pouring out of His love into our hearts is not a one-time fill-er-up-Joe-and-off-you-go thing: it’s as everlasting as the eternity with Him that follows life here on earth. As long as our hearts are open and our focus is on Him, He continues to fill us with His love.

Hope does not disappoint, and God does not disappoint. Leave your heart open to Him, and you will find His love is not only unconditional, it is inexhaustible—the well will never run dry.

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And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit whom he has given us. Romans 5:5

 

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You Decide

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I haven’t mastered the “rejoice in our sufferings” aspect of God yet, but I’m getting closer. I have to admit, too, I don’t suffer much,and God takes excellent care of me. I’m very blessed in so many ways, and it seems I’m seldom lacking anything.

Allowing God to take care of things doesn’t mean we can sit back, and not do our best, but, we can maintain our peace and confidence while in the midst of whatever challenges we face. When we truly grasp the fact God is with us and will see us through every situation, our character and hope will grow stronger, and we will rejoice even in the midst of life’s trials and troubles.

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. Romans 5:3-4

 

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Waiting Just For You

When we accept God’s free gift of grace, we stand with Him, surrounded by His love, and filled with His love, rejoicing in the hope of His glory.

We don’t have to wait until we die to spend eternity with God. When we accept His grace and forgiveness, return His love, and make Him the focal point of our lives, He will come into our hearts and, in a sense, eternity will begin now.

A few lines from an old country song by Jim Reeves come to mind:

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This is what God is saying to each of us. What a beautiful invitation.

Through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Romans 5:2

 

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